For That Which Blooms
Three Voices and Drone (2019)
Program Notes + InfoComposed for Quince Ensemble’s NYU Residency
As a child, I “accidentally” fell in love with drones. I would harmonize with the humming machinery around me, especially the motors of fans and fridges. For That Which Blooms is a look back to those days, exploring the ways in which I once sang with machines.
String Quartet (2019)
Program Notes + InfoComposed for JACK Quartet’s NYU Residency
There are two endless directions. In and out.
— Agnes Martin
In the context of this work, I think of “I/O” as a shorthand for “In / Out”, in reference to meditative breathing exercises. In writing this, I thought not only of human breath, but that of accordions and harmoniums, pumping air like living organisms.
Trombone Choir + Electronics (2019)
Program Notes + InfoCommissioned by the Franklin High School Band for the Music For All Chamber Music National Festival
The Geminids is one of the most prominent meteor showers each year. At its peak in mid-December, up to 160 meteors can be seen per hour. One thing that makes the Geminids stand out from others is that it is caused by an asteroid, whereas almost all other meteor showers are caused by comets. I have many memories with this particular shower—it was the first shower I ever watched, and I’ve gotten to share it with many friends over the years. In composing this, I thought of the journey of the asteroid making its way around the sun and its debris falling through our atmosphere.
Chamber Opera Scene (2019)
Libretto + InfoCommissioned and composed for the 2019 Art Song Collaborative Project's "Cries of the Earth"
If any place should be unspoiled / It is here / Why won’t they listen?
Eighty-thousand tons / Plastic Soup / Growing Closer / One point six million kilometers
Million million million million million million million million...
Plastic bags / Children’s toys / Eel trap cones / Tooth brushes / Lighters / Fishing Nets / Crates / Oyster Spacers / Bottles / And bottle caps
Plastic soup / Growing closer / It will consume us
When the rain comes down on the brave new world / You’ll put on your plastic rain coat
2 Sopranos, Tenor, vln, vc, pno, perc, fixed media
Violin + Electronics (2018)
Program Notes + InfoCommissioned for Debora Bang by the Pulsing & Shaking Festival
Burnout explores the experience of trying to stay awake and focused while working in a state of exhaustion. No matter how much coffee you’ve drank, once you’ve been up long enough, you enter a hazy cycle of involuntarily crashing and jolting awake.
Piccolo + Electronics (2018)
Program Notes + InfoCommissioned by Joshua Weinberg
Parallax describes the difference in apparent position from two different lines of sight. We use this everyday when we look through our two eyes—our brains use this to perceive depth. Parallax is also a useful tool for astronomers. By measuring the difference in a star’s position in the sky throughout the year, we are able to determine the star’s distance from us. This is what allows us to map out the universe around us. This translates into my work as long droning lines, slowly falling in and out of tune with one another within a scintillating soundscape.
Vibraphone, Kick Drum, and Electronics (2018)
Program Notes + InfoPremiered by Wesley Fowler at the 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Festival
Quantum Foam is centered on the processes of expansion and contraction, which are embedded into every element of the music and technology. When I think of these motions, I think of the Cyclic Universe model. This model shows the universe expanding following the Big Bang, slowing to a halt, and then contracting. During the contraction period, the small-scale fluctuations of spacetime, known as “quantum foam”, would change. Eventually, the universe would collapse to a singularity and another big bang would soon ensue, restarting the infinite cycle. In recent years, evidence has shown that the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating, thus rendering this model unlikely. However, I still find the concept aesthetically interesting as some kind of infinite organism in perpetual motion.
Flexible Ensemble (2018)
Contact for specific orchestrations
Program NotesAmorphous combines my endeavours in minimalist and ambient music, and my endeavours in composition and improvisation. My vision for this piece was to create a mass of sound that appears both stationary and constantly in motion. Clouds of harmonic clusters merge throughout, surfing in a sea of rhythm.
Solo Viola or Cello (2018)
Program Notes + InfoCommissioned by Cameron Rehberg
Blueshift focuses on slow, gradually shifting pitch. Caused by the doppler effect, a “blueshift” is an increase in wave frequency—the opposite of a redshift.
Marimba + Electronics (2018)
InfoCommissioned by Wesley Fowler
Honestly, I'm Just Guessing
Cello + Electronics (2018)
InfoCommissioned by Ashlee Booth
Drink Full and Descend
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Electronics (2017)
InfoCommissioned by Seth Fox
Collection of event scores, installations, and sound experiments (2017-18)
Chamber Ensemble (2017)
Cl, B Cl, SATB Saxes, Mr, Vb, Pn, Fixed Media
Program NotesDedicated to the 49 lives lost in the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL; June 12, 2016
Piano solo or duo (2016)